Categoriearchief: SXM-Daily Herald

DH | Island Council of Saba approves ordinance to ban single-use plastic

Zagers said Saba has always been known as an island with people who are conscious about the environment.

SABA–The Island Council on Thursday, October 22, unanimously approved the Island Ordinance to ban single-use plastic from Saba. Businesses are given a chance to seek alternatives before the ordinance goes into effect, starting January 1, 2021, with a ban on plastic bags, followed by the prohibition of other plastic single-use articles in the months thereafter. Verder lezen

DH | Victim, lawyer content with ruling in case of marine who caused crash

The impact caused her car to turn over and left Lynch with multiple injuries that had long-term consequences and required rehabilitation.

UTRECHT–The victim of the May 4, 2019, severe car crash on St. Maarten’s Little Bay Road and her lawyer are satisfied with the ruling of the Military Court in the case of Dutch Marine Arnout O., who caused the accident while under the influence of alcohol. Verder lezen

DH | PJIA moving ahead with terminal reconstruction

De Royal Haskoning DHV in Amersfoort gaat SXM airport ondersteunen

AIRPORT–Princess Juliana International Airport (PJIA) has announced that the contract management and technical supervision services for its operating company PJIAE’s Airport Terminal Reconstruction Project has been awarded to Royal Haskoning DHV, parent company of Netherlands Airport Consultants NACO. Verder lezen

DH | 21 COVID-19 recoveries

This brings the total number of active COVID-19 cases to 52. The total number of confirmed cases for St. Maarten is now 776.

PHILIPSBURG–The Ministry of Public Health, Social Development and Labor VSA has reported twenty-one additional recoveries from COVID-19 as of Thursday, October 22. Verder lezen

DH | PLP’s Clyde van Putten biggest vote getter in Statia elections

~ Van Putten, Merkman, Spanner, Sneek, Leerdam likely new Island Council members ~ | foto: Urisha Blake

ST. EUSTATIUS–Progressive Labour Party (PLP) #11 candidate Clyde van Putten amassed the most personal votes in the St. Eustatius Island Council elections held on Wednesday. Verder lezen

DH | TEATT proposes abolishing income, profit tax, introduce transaction tax

SXM overheid-regering | Daily Herald

PHILIPSBURG–Abolishing income and profit taxes and the introducing “a small transaction tax” is one of several proposals to bolster the economy that Minister of Tourism, Economic Affairs, Transportation and Telecommunications (TEATT) Ludmila de Weever presented to Members of Parliament (MPs) during an urgent meeting on Wednesday. Verder lezen

DH | Knops asked Irion to withdraw bond-issue

State Secretary of Home Affairs and Kingdom Relations Raymond Knops |

THE HAGUE–Dutch State Secretary of Home Affairs and Kingdom Relations Raymond Knops last week asked St. Maarten Finance Minister Ardwell Irion to cease the procedure of floating a NAf. 75 million bond on the local capital market to raise funds to cover government’s operational costs. Verder lezen

DH | DCNA: Dutch Caribbean nature orgs may not survive COVID-19 pandemic

National Parks Bonaire Foundation STINAPA giving Princess Beatrix a tour of Washington Slagbaai National Park during visit to Bonaire in 2018 | Kerenza Rannou.

BONAIRE–Nature organisations in the Dutch Caribbean play a critical role in managing the islands’ natural resources but may not survive the COVID-19 crisis, warned Dutch Caribbean Nature Alliance (DCNA) in a recent memo to its patroness, Princess Beatrix of the Netherlands. Verder lezen

DH | 82 tested at ‘swab and go’ COVID-19 testing over weekend in St. Eustatius

Medical staff carrying COVID-19 tests at the drive-through testing site.

ST. EUSTATIUS–A total of 82 persons in St. Eustatius took the opportunity to check their COVID-19 status at a drive-through testing held at the Governor’s Mansion on Van Tonningenweg on Saturday, October 17, and Sunday, October 18. Verder lezen

DH | Parliament updated on integrity projects

With an expert committee with the attorney-general, the head of the security and intelligence service NVA and the director of the Central Accounting Service, the BIA can start on November 1 with the appointment of a director and staff.

ORANJESTAD–Aruba is well on its way to establishing a broad integrity programme, the first step being the creation of the Bureau Integrity Aruba (BIA) which will take off per November 1. Due to financial constraints, the Integrity Chamber will be set up at a later date. Verder lezen

DH | Statia government discusses special provision for Emergency Ordinance

Government Commissioner Marnix van Rij (left) speaking to members of the public.

ST. EUSTATIUS–With the fourteenth Emergency Ordinance expiring on Friday, October 16, Government Commissioner Marnix van Rij said the Statia government had held a meeting with the COVID-19 crisis team on Monday and on Wednesday Deputy Government Commissioner Alida Francis met with school leaders based on the situation with the most recent COVID-19 positive case. Verder lezen

DH | Rouge Et Noir Casino workers fed up with current situation

All noted that their cries to management have fallen on deaf ears, leaving them hopeless in remedying this situation.

PHILIPSBURG–Rouge Et Noir Casino workers continue to voice their frustrations with the unfair treatment they have to endure. Some of them sat with The Daily Herald recently to share their current struggles with management of the casino. Verder lezen

DH | Audit Chamber questions plans to buy BTP building

The BTP building that government would like to purchase.

PHILIPSBURG–The General Audit Chamber of St. Maarten has reservations about government’s intention to acquire the building of Bureau Telecommunication & Post (BTP). Verder lezen

DH | Jacobs: Our constitution is under fire, Kingdom statutes in question

She said government continues to work with former partners of the Netherland Antilles, Aruba, and Curaçao and with the Netherlands in an attempt to achieve the very best version of St. Maarten.

PHILIPSBURG–St. Maarten’s constitution is under fire, Prime Minister Silveria Jacobs declared as she alluded to the “tensions” that currently exist between St. Maarten and the Kingdom government, during her address on Monday to mark the tenth anniversary of country status for St. Maarten. Verder lezen

DH | Life in prison demanded for alleged hitman in ‘professional murder

Prosecutor: Intelligence gleaned by police indicates that P. has ties to No Limit Soldiers (NLS) member Urvin “Nuto” Wawoe and may have been working for him as a hitman.

PHILIPSBURG–S.A.T.P. (29) is facing life imprisonment for his alleged involvement in four contract killings between June 2018 and January 2020. In total, he has been charged with manslaughter, gun possession, two counts of murder and five counts of attempted murder. Verder lezen

DH | 4 new confirmed COVID-19 cases

The total number of deaths due to COVID-19 remains at twenty- two (22) | Daily Herald

PHILIPSBURG (DCOMM)–As of October 10th, there were four (4) persons who tested positive for COVID-19; bringing the total active cases to sixty- three (63). The total number of confirmed cases is now seven hundred and seven (707). Verder lezen

DH | Defence helicopter arrives in Curaçao

Ready for transport.

WILLEMSTAD–A helicopter of the Dutch defence forces arrived in Curaçao on Wednesday. It will replace the NH90 that sank off Aruba. Verder lezen

DH | Curaçao reaches accord with Dutch

MAN-leader Steve Martina (right).

WILLEMSTAD–The Curaçao government announced reaching “a balanced result” with the Netherlands on the conditions for granting more coronavirus-related loans. The Caribbean Reform Entity (CRE) will reportedly get less power and its goal is not only to economise, but also invest in development. Verder lezen

DH | New engine for GEBE still on the books, pending financing

GEBE’s Wärtsilä generator being offloaded back in 2016 | File photo

PHILIPSBURG–The challenges facing the economy due to the COVID-19 crisis have not deterred utilities company GEBE from pursuing the purchase of a new engine, which the company said is necessary to help bolster its capacity. Verder lezen

DH | Police Chief responds to criticisms, allegations against Statia officers

Inspector of Police, Chief of Basic Police Care St. Eustatius

ST.EUSTATIUS–Chief of Basic Police Care in St. Eustatius, Robelto Hodge said persons who engage in lawlessness will never be satisfied with any police authority that is in place. Verder lezen

DH | Rumoured dolphinarium prompts demonstration on Maho Beach

Demonstrators form a human chain along the length of Maho Beach on Sunday to protest a rumoured dolphinarium for Beacon Hill | Robert Luckock photo

MAHO–Some 200 persons gathered on Maho Beach Sunday morning to demonstrate against the rumoured dolphinarium project for Alegria Boutique Hotel in Burgeaux Bay, Beacon Hill, that could be the end-product of a process that involves issuing water rights and constructing a breakwater. Verder lezen

DH | 10 new COVID-19 recoveries reported

~ Policlinics to continue ~

PHILIPSBURG–The Ministry of Public Health, Social Development and Labour VSA has confirmed one new active COVID-19 case in St. Maarten as of Thursday, October 1. Verder lezen

DH | CFT gives Saba leeway


THE HAGUE–The Committee for Financial Supervision CFT agrees with the decision of the Saba government to deduct the 2019 deficit from the general reserve. For the first time in years, the annual report of the public entity Saba showed a deficit of US $621,000 for reasons beyond its control. Verder lezen

DH | KPCN allegations under investigation

The police chief has instructed the Internal Affairs Office to investigate the case.

ST. EUSTATIUS–KPCN employees have recently been accused on Facebook of acting unlawfully in St. Eustatius. Verder lezen

DH | Rafaela nominated for Woman of the Year

Samira Rafaela

THE HAGUE–Member of the European Parliament Samira Rafaela of Dutch Caribbean descent has been nominated by the prestigious magazine Harper’s Bazaar Women Nederland for the 2020 Woman of the Year Awards. Verder lezen

DH | Curfew extended in Statia

Regeringscommissaris Marnix van Rij

ST. EUSTATIUS–The 13th Emergency Ordinance, which went into effect on September 25, has extended the current 7:00pm to 6:00am curfew in St. Eustatius. The current ordinance will expire on Friday, October 2. Verder lezen

DH | Timeshare case referred back to Court of Appeals for re-judgment

Alegría resort in Beacon Hill

THE HAGUE–The High Court in The Hague handed down its ruling in the case of Alegría Real Estate BV against the Timeshare Owners at Caravanserai Association (TOCA) and others on Friday, September 25. Verder lezen

DH | VDC has new boss

De heer Jerome Beeldsnijder, de waarnemend Gouverneur van Curaçao H.E. Michèle Russel-Capriles en de heer Ademar Doran

WILLEMSTAD–Curaçao’s Security Service VDC has a new director. Jerome Beeldsnijder was appointed per September 15 and recently made an introductory visit to Deputy Governor Michèle Russel-Capriles. Verder lezen

DH | Unions ready to meet PM, but won’t accept salary cuts

~ Claire Elshot: ‘Unacceptable’ ~

PHILIPSBURG–President of the Windward Islands Chamber of Labour Unions (WICLU) Claire Elshot says the unions are and have always been ready to sit with the Council of Ministers in continuing discussions on moving forward. But they will not accept salary cuts. Verder lezen

DH | ARS reports active COVID-19 cases in St. Martin down to 85

~ Two more deaths recorded ~

MARIGOT–Regional health agency ARS reports COVID-19 active cases are declining in St. Martin. In its health bulletin for the period September 14-20, active cases are reduced to 85, of whom 76 are in isolation at home and nine in hospital. Verder lezen